Unique Opportunity for Young People

30 June 2015
research advisory group

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s research division, Kids Research Institute, is introducing a Research Advisory Group made up of children and young people aged 12 to 17.

The advisory group, to be known as KiDS Sydney, will provide a meeting place to talk about various aspects of research that involves children and young people.

There will be opportunity to connect with similar groups across the world and at least one of the founding members will get an opportunity to travel to the USA in June to join an international conference of Young People’s Advisory Groups.

The group will have the opportunity to act as Young Ambassadors to increase awareness of clinical research, discuss what might be important for children and young people involved in clinical research and learn about research by developing and running mini projects or by working with research groups.

“We hope the advisory group will bring about a change in how researchers approach their work by including children and young people in the planning of a research project,” said Jeff Wall, Associate Director, Research Operations.  “By encouraging researchers to work with children and young people we hope to add to improved study design and conduct.”

The group will meet 6 times in the first year, and meetings will be hosted by the Project Coordinator from Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.

Young people interested in joining the group can send their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter highlighting why they would like to join the group to schn-research@health.nsw.gov.au

More information can be found at www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/kids-and-teenagers/teenagers/get-involved

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is the highly respected, largest paediatric centre in NSW, providing excellent care for children from NSW, Australia and across the Pacific Rim. It forms part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. The Hospital is world-renowned for providing the best care for sick children and their families.  This specialist care, combined with community education, advocacy for improved child health and ground-breaking research into childhood illnesses, is blended within a positive, caring and healing environment.


Media Contact:

Leonie Leonard, Public Relations Manager, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Tel: 9845 3582  e-mail: leonie.leonard@health.nsw.gov.au

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